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Saturn Vue Electrical Problems



  • I am sorry that you are experiencing difficulties with your Vue, and that you seem to have not had a satisfactory experience at the dealership service center you visited. If you would like, we could find another dealership in your vicinity. Or we could open a Customer Assistance case with you and work with you towards getting a diagnosis.

    Please send us an email with more information, including a description of your experience at the Chevrolet dealership you alluded to in your post, the last 8 digits of your VIN, and your name/username and contact information (phone and address).

    GM Customer Service
  • Wow this must be an epidemic with the Vue’s. I also have a 2007 Vue-battery went dead, and had me stranded with a sick grandchild in the back seat.

    Changed the battery, had the alternator checked, and it was good. Now when I try to cut the car on, it may or may not stay running. I am terrified to go anywhere, thinking that it may not cut back on and leave me stranded somewhere.

    So So depressed!!
  • Hello all,

    I wanted to thank you for contributing to this discussion, and to let you know that I have made a note of this thread for GM. I can't present any guarantees as to what this will do, as I am far removed from the discussions on these types of things.

    If we can assist, as always, we're available to you by email.

    GM Customer Service
  • Did you ever figure out the problem on your vue? I was wondering because i am the head technician at a used car lot and i have one with a similar problem. When your car cuts off does the security light come on? If it does it is the same problem i am having i have changed the PCM, BCM,cleaned the grounds, applied dielectric grease to the pcm terminals,the bcm terminals the tcm terminals and the fuse box terminals. When i put the scanner on it i have a fuel enable password not received code in the pcm but no other codes if i had a loss of communication with the bcm i should have a U code but i dont. I am at my wits end if i dont figure out something soon im gonna wash it with gasoline and dry it with a match
  • before you had all this work done did you have a coolant leak and if so did you add stop leak to the system? if so the radiator may be partially clogged and not able to cool at idle. Did they replace the thermostat? As far as the oil light goes have the mechanic check the oil pressure with a mechanical gauge hot at idle if it is below spec may need to replace the oil pump...( but before they do) drop the oil pan and look for metal. i had one doing the same thing with the oil light coming on engine hot at idle and it was bad main bearings (excessive clearance) Hope this helps
  • We took it to the GM dealer, but they couldn't find anything wrong as it wasn't doing it when we brought it in. They said the computer wasn't communicating. It hasn't done it again since!
  • Hi. I've had the same problem with my 09 Vue also. I was driving one day and all of the electrical went completely out: all the lights, all the gauges, even the OnStar system. I pulled over because I too was afraid and turned the car off. Then, it wouldn't turn on. I waited about 10 minutes and tried again and the car did turn on with electrical. I called OnStar for a diagnostic and they found nothing wrong. A few weeks later, the car wouldn't even start! Took to a dealer who also replaced the battery (on a 2 year old car???). I haven't had issues since, but that was only shortly ago, so maybe it's not a battery issue on my car. Perhaps the same as you??
  • I have an 06 Vue, and I just started having problems. First the heated seats ouit working, switches light up, Second, the pass. side air bag wont turn on when my wife sits in car. And third, my lights swiches for rear defroster, and recicuilting air is out. Can all three be related.
    Other than these problems it is the nicest car I owned.
  • We had the seat warmer switch go also. We had the computer for the ac go as well. Very frustrating as we would like to sell, but don't know when this computer problem will turn up again! It seems to me that this is an on going problem with the vues. Too bad, as we really love the car, but turning us away from another GM product!
  • Please keep us posted if you were to decide to work with a GM dealership. We would be happy to assist in the process.

    GM Customer Service
  • Im going to have the air bag fixed, just dont know if all is related
  • pcsbobpcsbob Posts: 5

    We are also haveing problems with batteries on a 2007 Vue with the 4 cyl engine. The car is now on it's 3rd battery!

    The battery is dead after the car sets 3-4 days. The car has a bettery drain when put a test light between the battery and fuse block. I have pulled all of the fused and relays to test for the drain. I can not be the test light to go out.

    My wife is now afraid to drive the car. She is concerned that she will become stranded when the battery dies.

    Can you offer any assistance?

    Bob W
    Franklin, TN
  • Electrical Issues: Your problem the system is grounding thus kill all electrical activity. I had this issue for over a year and it was finally identified and repaired (no parts were required). The location of my grounding issue was on the driver side of the engine bay. Specifically, removing the driverside headlight you will see a squareish box (approx 1'1/2 x same) with wires going/coming to it. This box of wires feed the headlights and because everthing is interconnected it also affects everything else that is controlled by the BCM (body control module--the electral distrobution controler or brain). The tech cleaned the oxidation/reseated the wiring and oiled the area to minimise water buildup. All of this and a working car (for the last six months) only for the cost of two hours of labor. Prior to this solution techs (non-dealer) informed me that it was a bad BCM and battery. They could identify the problem was electrical but that was it. Hopes this helps.
  • in my case i can rule out any grounds i cleaned the ground behind the Lf headlight,the one behind rt headlight,the main body ground on the inner liner the grounds on the back of the head the ground by the starter, the ground on the interior fuse panel, the ground on the fuse panel bracket, the instrument panel ground left and right, the ground that bolts on the engine computer. i even removed the bracket that the engine computer bolts to and cleaned the surface where it meets the head. still stalling i even ran a ground from the battery cable directly to the engine computer. I removed every fuse box cleaned the terminals and applied gm dielectric grease,swapped the main relay and fuel pump relay still no change. i have had this P.O.S. stall on me multiple times 3 times i had to swerve off the road because i was pulling out into traffic and theft kicked in and it cut off two of these times it stalled in front of an 18 wheeler. sent the ecm off to be rebuilt they said check wiring from fuse box to ecm and from main relay to ecm. to rule out the wiring i ran 5 new wires to the ecm cut the old ones soldered and heat shrinked the new ones put ring terminals on the other end soldered them and hooked them directly to the battery with no change. i am out of ideas im out of patience, if it stalls on me in front of an 18 wheeler again im not pulling off the road i will let it total that P.O.S. take it up with saturn
  • Has anyone else had their battery light come on even though the battery is fine? Mine will come on about the time I put the car in drive and stays on for about 5 minutes then goes away.
  • 442dude442dude Posts: 373
    The battery light indicates that your charging system is not charging enough...chances are, your accessory drive belt needs to be changed...if it is old it gets loose and slips on the alternator keeping it from charging correctly. Alternately, your alternator may be about to fail...
  • ccabocccaboc Posts: 1
    I have a problem with my passenger side(right front) headlight, I replaced the bulb, but it's very dim. Then, after the daytime running lights switch to the nighttime mode, the brights are on in a dim state too. What the heck? Is the BCM causing this? Alsom, my rearview mirror no longer works and my radio doen't work and also my remote key fobs. HELP!
  • Recently I've had intermittent problems starting up my 2008 Saturn vue hybrid. We've had to jump it a few times and it starts right up. Took it to the dealership and they ran a diagnostic and said my battery was more than fine. I'm definitely running into problems after my car sits for a day or two. The dealership said the first time it was probably due to my phone charger, Garmin ( tho shut off but still plugged in) and my in dash iPod adapter cord all being left plugged in- though I have always done this until now.we just went to the UP MI snowmobiling for a few days and when we got home my Vue once again wouldn't start without a jump and again this morning. The only odd thing I can remember happening was in the fall I did have one night where my drivers side headlight didn't work but after turning the car on and off and messing with the lights switch it did come back on. This maybe totally unrelated. Just wondering if I should change out my battery even tho the dealership says its fine, or do I have another problem?
  • I see you've already been in to your dealership; when was this appointment?
    Would you like for us to follow up on this?
    GM Customer Service
  • My 2009 has 72000 miles on it and a bunch of my dash lights popped on including, the check engine light, the abs light, the traction control light and the emergency brake light. The rear hatch button also only works when the the vehicle lights are off. The rear wiper dims all lights when it is ran. Trying to figure out what is causing all these headaches. Any input would be greatly appreciated.
  • I'm sorry to hear about these electrical concerns you're having with your Vue.

    There may be helpful information on the electrical system in your owner's manual, starting on page 5-74 (includes information on fuses), or this may be a result of the Electric Power Management (or EPM, information begins on 3-14) trying to work with a high electrical load. This occurs when
    several of the following are on, such as: headlamps, high beams, fog lamps, rear window defogger, climate control fan at high speed, heated seats, engine cooling fans, trailer loads, and loads plugged into
    accessory power outlets. The EPM works to prevent excessive discharge of the battery by balancing the generator’s output and the vehicle’s electrical needs. One of the things that can occur is a temporary reduction of the power demands of some accessories. Normally, these actions occur in
    steps or levels, without being noticeable. In rare cases at the
    highest levels of corrective action, this action may be noticeable to the
    driver. If so, a Driver Information Center (DIC) message might be
    displayed, such as BATTERY SAVER ACTIVE, BATTERY VOLTAGE LOW, or LOW BATTERY. If this message is displayed, it is recommended that the driver reduce the electrical loads as much as

    If you've visited your dealership for a diagnosis on this, we're available to follow up with them to see what they found, or to assist in any way we can.
    GM Customer Service
  • addidas40addidas40 Posts: 14
    This post is for all of the people who have had problems with GM. I have also dealt with GM regarding the faulty Vti transmissions and GM goes through the so called process of opening a case but they will not do anything. They might split the cost with you to repair a defective transmission that they installed and it costs bout $6000.00. So that means the customer has to pay $3000.00 for a transmission that was no good to begin with. There was a class action lawsuit but GM filed bankruptcy and is no longer obligated to fix the problem. Here are a few things that you can do and remember the more people who file complaints the more likely that these problems will be looked into.

    Information regarding the class action lawsuit

    You can file complaints with :
    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

    Better Business Bureau

    Post your problem for the VTi transmission on forum boards

    Write your local politicians
    Congressmen, local officials and attorney general you can find your local officials at c-span. You may have to Google your state and attorney general separately to find out who that is.

    Last but not least you can write the CEO of GM
    Mr. Daniel Akerson
    CEO GM
    300 Renaissance Center
    Detroit, MI 48265

    Here is the website for the lawsuit that was filed.


  • well finally fixed the problem with the security light coming on and the motor cutting off i cleaned every ground and replaced the ecm and that solved it. so if you have a vue wit the 3.0 engine thatthe security light flashes and the engine stalls with a p1629 pcm is the culprit
  • greetings I have a 2008 saturn vue

    the 10 amp circuit breaker that controls the running lights on the left rear running lamp keeps blowing ... there is a neighbor that has the same vehical with the same issue... neither of us have done any cutting or modifing of the stock electrical system... the car only has 38k miles on it .... is this a common problem and is there a common repair for it... and yes I have confirmed the fuse is blowing (it is in the engine compartment) and have replaced the rear tail lamp to make sure it was not that ...

    please help
  • My Saturn begins to emit short honks, spontaneously after a long (45 min plus) trip, but unly when the heat has been on! (I can drive for several hours without the spontaneous posessed honking, if I do not turn on the heat). I can stop the honking by turning the heat knob to cool, or AC, or simply by shutting the car off and letting it cool naturally. Anyone experience this and know what it is?
  • gmcustsvcsarahgmcustsvcsarah Posts: 1,964
    Good morning cailensendor,

    If you haven't checked out fuses already, there is a section in the owner's manual beginning on page 5-95 on the electrical system of your vehicle (includes fuse diagrams).

    What is your general plan of action in addressing this? We're available to assist (checking into warranty/recall information, assisting in working with a dealership) if you like!

    All the best,
    GM Customer Service
  • gmcustsvcsarahgmcustsvcsarah Posts: 1,964
    Good morning threesaturns,

    I'm sorry you're having difficulty with your Vue; were you planning on getting this looked into? We're available to assist, if so!

    GM Customer Service
  • maxfieldomaxfieldo Posts: 2
    This started happening once or twice within the last couple of years, now a couple times a week or more. I shut the car off and the next day the battery is dead. It jump starts fine, then the next day it's dead again, only in a 6 to 10 hour window. Not after a couple of hours. I took it to Advanced Auto and they did a charging battery test and it came out fine two times. At the end of the printout after shutting off the engine it shows battery drain at either .02 or .2, not sure which and thay said it was within acceptable limits. Any help???
  • gmcustsvcsarahgmcustsvcsarah Posts: 1,964
    Hello maxfieldo,

    I'm sorry that you're having electrical difficulties with your Vue! We can look to see if there are any open recalls on your vehicle, or get you more information about any remaining warranties you may be under. Also, if you decide to work with a dealership we're happy to be of assistance during the process in whatever ways we can. You can contact us by emailing (please include the last 8 digits of your VIN).

    All the best,
    GM Customer Service
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